April 21st, 2015
Today we have a special treat. Chef Ronald
St. Pierre of Locals Restaurant sits down with us to discuss his illustrious
and distinguished career as a Chef in the Comox Valley. Ronald takes us from
his humble beginnings in rural Quebec to his star studded fame as local Chef
and business owner extraordinaire. Give a listen as he touches on the
progression of cuisine and dining from the seventies through to now. He also
gives great measure to how important it is to shop and eat local. We couldn't
agree more, Ronald!
Locals Restaurant at the Old House
7 DAYS A WEEK
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
April 12th, 2015
On tonight's episode, Chef Jon and Darren got to sit down with Darren of the Cumberland Brewing Company (already affectionately referred to as the CBC). All I can say is 'Wow'. We really love the way they are moving here. It can be quite difficult these days to open up a new venue or restaurant and be unique enough to really stand out. But the CBC has done just that. In very imaginative ways, they have redefined what it means to be a neighborhood pub; by fully embracing the 'neighborhood' part! Cumberland is the perfect place to open such a community based pub, and we foresee nothing but success for them. Take a listen as Darren explains it all, it's impossible to not get swept up in it all!
Phone: 250-400-2739 (BREW)
April 6th, 2015
Tonight is a very special episode of the Edible Valley Podcast. As you may know, Chef Jonathan and Darren both work at the Atlas Cafe and although this podcast is not affiliated with Atlas, Trent and Sandra have given us endless support for what we do. Tonight, we've brought them into the studio to discuss everything, including Atlas's 20th anniversary which is right around the corner - April 24th! We dig back into the past and find out the secret history and origins of one of Courtenay's longest running restaurants, and touch on some of the hurdles that can be found along the way to running a successful restaurant. Cheers Atlas, and here's to 20 more.
Atlas Café is located in the hub of Downtown Courtenay.
250 6th Street
Courtenay, BC V9N 1M1
HOURS of OPERATION
8:30am to 9:30pm Tuesday through Thursday
8:30am to 10pm Friday and Saturday
8:30am to 3:30pm Sunday
breakfast is served until 2pm on
on most public holidays
April 1st, 2015
March 22nd, 2015
Welcome Back! On this episode, we spoke with Jason of Guerrilla Food Company. Jason's gourmet pick-up take-out service is a novel addition to our Valley's burgeoning locally sourced food options. We talk to Jason about some of our favorite subjects: sourcing all local ingredients, starting a business from scratch, and providing the best meals possible to our wonderful Comox Valley. Take a second to listen - You can hear the passion in what he does come through. As always, please tell us what you think!
Address: 534 5th St. Courtenay B.C.
Monday to Thursday: 10am-7pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 10am-9pm
Pizza Service: Fridays 4-9pm and Saturdays 12-9pm
March 18th, 2015
Andrea from Wayward Distillation House sits down with Chef Jon and Darren in this exuberant episode! This is our fair Valleys' newest public distiller, and they are off to an amazing start. Using honey as a base for all of their liquors (yes honey!), they've immediately distinguished themselves from all competitors. Listen to this intriguing story of how they came to be, and how they set their roots in the valley. We love what they have planned, especially the part about sourcing all local valley flavours for their infused vodka line. Let us know what you think!
2931 Moray Ave
Courtenay, BC V9N 7S7
tel: (250) 871-0424
Open Noon - 6pm daily
March 9th, 2015
This week the boys are back in studio with Max Oudendag of the White Whale Public House and Oyster Bar. Chef Jon and Darren talk to Max about opening a new restaurant in the current Valley climate - its' ups, its' downs, and everything in between. They discuss future plans, missed steps and forging forward. And of course, the bounty of the Beautiful Comox Valley, and why this restaurant thrives in this specific environment.
For more info:
WHITE WHALE PUBLIC HOUSE
Open :11:30 am – late, 7 days a week
975 Comox Road
Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 3P7
March 1st, 2015
Welcome back to The Edible Valley Podcast! In this weeks episode, Chef Jon and Darren catch up for their first time in studio for 2015. They deliver a brief recap of the last few months, some discussion about what's going on this month - namely Dine Around the Comox Valley, and a glimpse at what's to come in the next few weeks, and a discussion on what the Valley's food scene is shaping up to look like over the next few years.
November 25th, 2014
Chef Jon and Darren are at it again, this time sitting down with Paul DeRidder of Beez Kneez Catering. It's hard not to reminisce of days past when we all worked together at the Atlas Cafe. Once we get past that, we dig down into Paul's preference of catering over cooking for a restaurant, and how quickly he adapted to the change. We also talk about the freedom that comes from stepping out into your own venture.
November 16th, 2014
The dynamic duo of Chef Jon and Darren talk with Fred Smith of Tin Town Tacos. We discuss the process of getting into the local food culture scene from the ground floor, and the difficulties and hiccups along the way. We also discuss our upcoming, sold-out Tin Town Table private dining experience, hosted by Fred, with Chef Jon and Darren making the 6 course meal. Give it a listen - we'd love some feedback!
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